Inter owned midfielder Joao Mario discussed his complicated time at Inter in an interview with Portuguese media outlet A Bola TV earlier today.
“I had a great contract, but I was in an extremely bad situation in Italy. I was training separately, alone with Icardi, I left without preparation.
“I don’t understand Inter’s position in not letting me train with the squad and in participating in the pre-season games. It confused me because a club that pays €40 million for a player and treats him like a kid from the B team or the youth team, is despicable.”
The 27-year-old Portuguese midfielder, who is currently on loan at Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow, then discussed how different Inter was from his previous club, Sporting Lisbon.
“I found a less stable club than Sporting Lisbon, a lot of confusion, change of coaches, a very poorly prepared season, a mixture of many things. I’m sorry that more things happened off the pitch than on it.”
Joao Mario has made 12 appearances across all competitions for Lokomotiv Moscow so far this season, for a total of 1044 minutes. In that time, he has scored one goal and provided four assists.
The player spent three years with Inter, spending time on loan in the Premier League with West Ham. In his time with the Nerazzurri, Mario made 69 appearances across all competitions for a total of 3949 minutes, scoring four goals and providing 13 assists in the process.
His loan deal with the Russian club includes a buy option, but should they choose not to sign him permanently then he will return to Milan in the summer, considering his contract expires with the Milanese club in 2022.